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Nations first Navy SEAL and local native passes away – WTAJ –

Posted: January 31, 2021 at 7:21 am

SOMERSET COUNTY, MEYERSDALE, PA (WTAJ) The nations very first Navy SEAL, a man from our region has passed away on Tuesday morning at the age of 90.

Harry Beal led a full life and had lots of love for his hometown of Meyersdale, Somerset County. His son Mack says Beal wanted to make it to 90 years old. He was glad to say that he accomplished that. But Beal accomplished so much more during his life.

Harry Milton Beal entered the United States Navy in 1948 as a Gunners Mate and became the first to sign up to be a Navy SEAL. He then went on to be a SEAL instructor, specializing in underwater demolition.

Mack Beal says he made it through the training and very few people do. Underwater demolition teams and field teams, when they go through their training theyve had classes where 100 people would start and no one would finish.

He adds that he remembers growing up and visiting the naval base with his dad and his dads team. Younger Beal tells us that in the 60s you were getting your James Bond and Marvel comics and superheroes. I always thought I knew where the superheroes were they were right at the base.

Harry Beal had a great love for his wife of 67 years, who passed away in 2018.

Beal also loved his community. Mack Beal says he loved talking to people on the trails and in town and loved talking to people and telling them jokes and stories. And the community loved him back. Early this year, the former Beachley St. Bridge in Somerset County was named the Harry Beal Bridge in his honor. This past August, he got a chance to take a seat on it, while being admired by people from all over.

Mack Beal says for the seals, one of their biggest ploys in the worst storm that was going on thats when they would go out and when he passed away the other morning it was when we were having freezing rain, sleet, and hail. I said dad went out just like they usually did as a SEAL.

The family of Harry Beal invites the public to pay their respects on Thursday at Price Funeral Service in Meyersdale from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Theres also going to be a private funeral service will be held on Friday with military honors.

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ReCAAP ISC issues incident alert on incidents against ships in the eastbound lane of Singapore Strait – American Journal of Transportation

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ReCAAP ISC today issued an Incident Alert (01/2021) on incidents against ships in the eastbound lane of Singapore Strait:

The incidents of armed robbery against ships continued to occur to ships while underway in the Singapore Strait

During 25 29 Jan 2021, three incidents were reported on board ships while underway in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait

The three incidents occurred in close proximity to each other and in particular, two incidents occurred within an interval of four hours

In all three incidents, the perpetrators were sighted in the engine room

However, nothing was reported stolen and the crew was safe with no confrontation with the perpetrators

ReCAAP ISC is concerned with the continued occurrence of incidents in the Singapore Strait

In 2020, a total of 34 incidents were reported in the Singapore Strait; of which 30 incidents occurred in the eastbound lane, two in the precautionary area, one in the westbound lane and one just outside (south) of the TSS

The ReCAAP ISC had issued five Incident Alerts on the incidents occurred in the eastbound lane of the TSS in the Singapore Strait and one Special Report on incidents against ships in the Singapore Strait in 2020

All ships are advised to exercise enhanced vigilance, adopt extra precautionary measures and report all incidents immediately to the nearest coastal State

Ship master and crew are advised to keep abreast of the latest situation (at and tune-in to advisories and navigational broadcasts announced by the littoral States

The ReCAAP ISC urges the littoral States to increase patrols and enforcement in their respective waters, strengthen coordination among them and promote information sharing on the latest situation, and the criminal groups involved in order to make arrests of the perpetrators

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I woke up at 4:30 a.m. for a week like a Navy SEAL and it made me more productive – Yahoo News

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Emma Fierberg: I wanted to test out for myself how waking up at 4:30 affected my productivity. I woke up at 4:30 a.m. for one week, like a Navy SEAL. I've read a lot about how Navy SEALs like Jocko Willink wake up at 4:30 in the morning. Jocko famously says that discipline equals freedom.

It is Friday, two days before I start this experiment. Normally my alarm goes off five minutes before 8:00 a.m. Setting my alarm a full three and a half hours earlier is gonna be really scary. Will I survive?

The Plan

So, we're gonna try to wake up at 4:30, do some sort of exercise, some sort of activity like a puzzle, or nails, or do some cooking maybe, make some breakfast, get dressed, and I'm gonna try to get to work by 7:00, and then I will try to be in bed by 8:00 p.m.


I know I'm gonna break this bed by 8:00 p.m. rule, because I already have plans next week that start at 7:30. The gym in my building doesn't open until 6:00, so I'm gonna try and kill an hour and a half outdoors. I don't drink coffee, so this is probably gonna be pretty hard for me. The bag cam, what are the eye bags looking like? Pre-4:30 a.m. eyes.

It is Sunday night, it is 9:42 p.m. I am going to attempt to go to sleep. That's just not enough hours.


Never have I ever cooked at 5:20 in the morning. Here we are, 7:30 a.m. I have made my lunch for the entire week, minus Friday, I have straightened my hair, and that is it. Let's see who's here. Oh, surprise! Nobody. I was a little loopy, I was a little giddy, and then around lunchtime, I got a little hangry and I ate my lunch that I made this morning, and that got my energy back up a little bit, and then, like, 1:15, 2:00, I was just.

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Jacqui Frank: What are you doing tonight after getting up at 4:30?

Fierberg: We're going to the movies! I don't even know what to say. I'm so tired. I was pretty productive. I did finish a video. I can see already why this is a good idea for certain people. I don't know if that certain people is this people. If I had to rate my energy level from zero to 10, I would say I'm about a four and a half.


It's Tuesday! So, today I woke up at 4:30 and I went for a run. I hate this so much. Not a runner. Ooh, I see a rat. Oh, a duck! Look at all the wildlife! I ran for about six minutes. High five. That's what I thought. And just like that, folks, I'm a human being before 7:00 a.m. I would never describe a run as peaceful before today, but it was. The lighting was lovely. I think exercising in the morning helped me stay a little more chipper. I felt more confident today. I would say, on a scale from zero to 10, I feel about a seven. Oh, oh, and the bag cam. How are the bags doing today? My grandma calls them suitcases.

WednesdayI turned off the alarm, and then I sat in bed on my phone for about a half an hour. And then, at 5:00, I was like, alright girl, it's time, you're gonna do a thing. And guess what I did? I painted my nails! I also painted my toenails. I did a really bad job. And then I had my phone call with my friend Dana, who lives in Israel, who's seven hours ahead of me. So that was a plus. I had an interview today with someone I've been trying to get in contact with for a while, and it went really well, so I was really hype for, like, 45 minutes, and then just crashed. I had such a hard time this morning. I got into work and I couldn't function. I'm gonna play my kickball game, and I'm gonna try to go to bed by 8:00. I know that's not gonna happen, but I need to actually try. The bedtime is what's messing me up. Just got back from kickball. It's 9:12, I'm going to bed, bye!

ThursdayHi, it's Thursday, and I am much more alert! I had all this footage from a trip that I went on with my family in November, and I had never pieced it together into any sort of cohesive thing, so that's what I did this morning. I finished it, finally. And then I changed and went to the gym, then I showered and I came to work. As you can see, my energy levels are pretty high today. I cracked the formula. If you go to bed at a reasonable hour, and then you do exercise when you wake up, bag cam, bag cam. I'm looking okay today, I think.


It's Friday. Made it. I did wake up and I went for a walk at the Brooklyn Bridge, which was lovely. The weather was a perfect 72 degrees, the light was beautiful, there weren't too many clouds. Oh, it was a dream. Everyone should wake up and see the sunrise at the Brooklyn Bridge once in their life, just once. I got to call my British mom today, because they're five hours ahead, so I called her at about 5:30 this morning, and that was really nice to catch up with her. I was actually incredibly productive today for two reasons. One, I figured out the sleep schedule. Two, it's the end of Q2 and everyone was hustling. I feel okay. How do my eyes look? Check out the bag cam.


I have major respect for Navy SEALs who wake up at 4:30 in the morning, anyone who works night shifts, has wild hours, kudos, I get it now maybe a little bit, maybe not to the fullest extent, but, like, wow. All in all, at the end of this experiment, I understand now why people wake up at 4:30. You feel really good about yourself when you're productive before everyone else you know has even risen from the pillow. I don't know if this 4:30 time is gonna stick. I did like being awake at sunrise, but sunrise is like 5:30, so maybe I'll push to a 6:00 a.m., 6:30 wake up. Having a regimented wake up time was really useful for me. I could feel a little more rested, but other than that, I've achieved a lot of things I've needed to do for a long time this week. I think waking up at 4:30 really opened my eyes. Now that this week is over, I'm gonna go take a nap. I'll see you guys later.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This video was originally published July 26, 2018.

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Connah’s Quay councillor moved to tears after community rallies once again to help those in need – LeaderLive

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THE Deeside community has once again rallied around to help families who are struggling during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Connah's Quay councillor Bernie Attridge said he was moved to tears at the generosity of people in his community after dozens jumped on board to help.

Cllr Attridge launched an appeal for food donations after two struggling families required a little extra help.

Within hours, more than enough donations were dropped off on his doorstep, which allowed him to help more families in need.

Not only did the two Connah's Quay families get help, seven houses received donations.

What's more, dozens of food hampers were also made and donated to not only people in Connah's Quay, but Flint and Shotton also.

Taking to social media, Cllr Attridge said he was 'sat with tears of happiness' and was 'proud to represent' his community.

He added: "Now that was a very mixed emotional day. We have been able to supply 56 food packages in the last two days, this has been made possible by the generosity of this great Community across Deeside.

"Although the majority of donations have Come from the Quay, I have had a few from across Deeside, hence why I have tried to help anyone who asked.

"I also took parcels to people who I thought would appreciate one in my ward. We have delivered to Flint, Shotton, Queensferry, Garden City, Sealand and all Quay wards Wepre,Wepre South, Golftyn and Central ward.

"From the bottom of my heart I thank the drivers, my family and every single person that has donated to make this happen. Stay safe."

Donations in cash were also made, which Cllr Attridge donated to the Deeside Round Table who also deliver food packages out in the community.

The Connah's Quay councillor went on to say that 'we can all fall into desperate times'.

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Ironton scrapes by Panthers | Sports – Huntington Herald Dispatch

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CHESAPEAKE, Ohio Irontons Erickson Barnes and Trent Hacker worked the outside-inside game oh so well.

Barnes nailed six three-pointers and Hacker, with a sore left ankle, did the yeomans work on the inside time and again, leading the Fighting Tigers past Chesapeake, 49-41, Friday night in Ohio Valley Conference play at Chesapeakes Norm Persin Court.

Barnes finished with a team-high 20 points and Hacker backed him with 18. Barnes also had 11 rebounds for a double-double for the beat-up Fighting Tigers. Barnes drilled four threes in the first period.

Erickson hit some shots when open, Ironton coach P.J. Fitch said. When he wasnt, he drew players to him, we kicked it to Hacker.

Despite the solid one-two punch from Barnes and Hacker, Ironton needed a late run to put this one away. The Fighting Tigers led 39-31 with 38 seconds left in the third period. The Panthers then converted three threes, one by Dannie Maynard and two by Levi Blankenship, to take a 40-39 lead with 5:18 left.

Ironton then reeled off 10 straight points to lead 49-40 with 1:20 to play. Barnes hit a trey and Hacker had three points in that surge. On defense, Chesapeake managed just one point in the final five-plus minutes.

Kids played really hard, Fitch said. Hackers one of the toughest kids around.

Hacker, who had ice on the ankle as he left the gym, said Barnes hitting early opened things up.

Hes got that good shot, Hacker said. When they tried to front, we got the seal and I drove inside. We didnt let the past (Chesapeakes 9-0 run) affect us. Put it behind us and come back, stop and score.

Blankenship led Chesapeake (6-7, 3-6 OVC) with 13 points and Caleb Schneider added 12. He fouled out late in the fourth period.

Barnes said he got that feeling shooters get after hitting the first two shots.

Concentrate, he said. Make the first one and every time I catch it I think shot. Hit some and the lane opens up for Trent. Hes a rough competitor.

Ironton (4-5, 4-5 OVC) is back in action Saturday night at Gallia Academy.

Fitch said the Fighting Tigers have played just two times at full strength.

Weve had a time, he said. A lot of freshmen and sophomores. We had the lead, a freshman shot one and I said, why? Hell learn. At the end, it was get stops and finish.

Ironton also took care of the ball better in the second half. The visitors had 12 turnovers in the first half against the press and pressure defense applied by the Panthers.

A few bonehead plays, but in the end we did a better job, Fitch said. Got into our press offense and didnt force anything.

The win give Ironton the season-sweep over Chesapeake. The Fighting Tigers won the first encounter on their court, 56-52, back in early December.

IRONTON 16 10 13 10 49: Wilson 2, Hacker 18, Hopper 5, Porter 2, Barnes 20, York 5.

CHESAPEAKE 17 10 7 7 41: Maynard 3, Schneider 12, Cox 4, Blankenship 13, Bragg 6, Bellomy 2, Lemley 1.


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Cocktail of the week: The Connaught Bar’s Good Fellas – recipe | The good mixer – The Guardian

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This is our take on the Fanciulli from Frank Caiafas classic The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book, first published in 1931. Its an ever-present on the Connaught Bars menu, and we like to think its one of the drinks that earned us the top spot at the 2020 Worlds 50 Best Bars awards.

Serves 1

For the infused bourbon3 fresh makrut lime leaves125ml good bourbon whiskey we use Woodford Reserve

For the black cardamom syrup2 black cardamom pods100ml standard 2:1 sugar syrup

For the drink45ml makrut lime-infused bourbon (see above and method)10ml black cardamom syrup (see above and method)20ml red vermouth we use Martini Riserva Speciale Rubino1 bar spoon balsamic vinegar the best you can afford2 dashes Bobs Abbotts bitters 1 bourbon-infused cocktail cherry, to garnish (optional)

Make the infused bourbon at least a day ahead. Put the lime leaves and bourbon in a sterilised jar or bottle, and leave to infuse for 24 hours. Strain, pour back into the jar, seal and label it so you dont forget what it is it will keep almost indefinitely.

For the syrup, put the cardamom pods and syrup in a blender, blitz the lot, then leave to infuse for two hours. Strain into a sterilised bottle or jar, and label it.

To build the drink, pour all the liquids into a shaker, add a big handful of ice and shake hard. Strain into a wine glass over more chunks of ice, garnish with a bourbon cherry and serve.

Ago Perrone, director of mixology, The Connaught, London W1

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ACT Alliance Rapid Response Fund (RRF) – Emergency Assistance to people affected by the West Sulawesi Earthquake (26 January 2021) – Indonesia -…

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On the early morning (02:28 AM) of Friday the 15 January 2021, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit the districts of Majene, Mamuju, and Polewali Mandar in West Sulawesi Province, Indonesia. It was preceded by a 5.9 magnitude earthquake in the same area a day earlier. Until 16 January 2021, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 was recorded, which is still being followed by numerous smaller aftershocks.

Combined reports from UN OCHA and BNPB on 18 January 2021 said the earthquake caused immense damages to 1.150 houses, 1 bridge, 3 hospitals, 2 Community Health Centers, 1 port, 1 hotel, 2 Government offices, landslides on 5 points, 2 mini markets, 12 educational units, and places of worships (mosques, churches). There were 88 casualties, 253 people with serious injuries, 679 people with minor injuries, and around 30,353 directly affected. According to the report of the local authorities, the number of casualties is predicted to increase. The earthquake has also resulted in the disruption of electricity, communication, water supply, transportation access (by air, sea, land), and there is also security issue like road blockage due to landslides and looting of relief aids in some locations.

The COVID-19 pandemic has also put the disaster in a dire situation which could leads to a complex emergency. The Indonesian government has started to deploy rescue teams and assistances to the affected areas. Based on the results of a quick assessment from BNPB, the governor of West Sulawesi Province has declared the state of emergency in the province.

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Comprehensive Report on Teflon O-Rings Market 2021 | Size, Growth, Demand, Opportunities & Forecast To 2027 | Sterling Seal and Supply, Polymax,…

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League of Women Voters of Evanston Considers the Office of City Clerk – Evanston RoundTable

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Evanston is looking forward to primary and consolidated elections. On Feb. 23, voters will choose candidates for Mayor, Aldermen for two wards and City Clerk. Many organizations are sponsoring meetings to allow candidates to present their views and voters a chance to hear from competing candidates. The League of Women Voters of Evanston is working with Evanston Public Library to present forums for Mayor and Clerk on Jan. 30 and Alderman of Wards 8 and 4 on Feb. 2 and 3.

At the last Municipal elections, members of the League of Women Voters realized they were not familiar with the duties of the City Clerk. We formed a review committee of 10 persons and worked for more than a year to get a better understanding of the duties of City Clerk and operations of Clerks Offices in Evanston and other communities. Our focus was on the role and responsibilities of the office of City Clerk, and not on any specific clerk.

The committee reviewed the Illinois State Statute defining the office, City of Evanston ordinances that reaffirmed duties designated by the State and added others, and the description posted on the Citys website. Next, some members of the committee met with the Evanston City Clerk to inform him of the review and ask him about his priorities for the office.

The committee developed a survey used to interview clerks from 10 Illinois municipalities, primarily in Cook County. Information gathered included their main functions, training received, the number of years in the job, whether it was full-time or part-time, elected or appointed.

In Evanston, we interviewed current and past aldermen, City staff, and City Clerks. Our goal was to understand how the responsibilities of the office varied in different communities and had changed over the years. We also learned how the Evanston City Clerk operations compared to those elsewhere.

A key characteristic that emerged is that the responsibilities of the City Clerk are administrative, not policy-oriented. Essentially everyone we interviewed thought the basic State statutory requirements to be clear and appropriate. Basic duties for the Clerk in Evanston and elsewhere include to provide notice, attend, and prepare minutes of meetings of the City Council, and convey resolutions and communications from meetings, keep the corporate seal and maintain records belonging to the municipality, serve as the local election official, and may act as an FOIA officer.

A key characteristic that emerged is that the responsibilities of the City Clerk are administrative, not policy-oriented.

In our research, we interviewed both elected and appointed city clerks. There were no consistent differences in their approach to the job or the range of responsibilities. Some of them were full-time positions, and others held part-time positions. Some enumerated duties are done elsewhere within the city staff. Most of the information and records used are now available online or from other City offices. Many of the clerks we interviewed described their work as fully integrated in the City administration. Current Illinois reform groups are calling for consolidation or elimination of the large number of elected officials in Illinois to improve efficiency and reduce costs of government. All these issues deserve thoughtful consideration.

We are looking forward to meeting with candidates for City Clerk on January 30 at 3:00 pm and asking them about their vision for serving as City Clerk. Evanstonians can participate in the forum by registering on the League website: It will also be available on the LWVE YouTube channel.

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Is Seychelles Safe? (2021 Safety Guide)

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Seychelles has a reputation for tropical resort getaways, languorous days on the beach, colourful coral reefs and plenty of rare nature and lush forests. Its not just a reputation though: its 100% true.

What you dont hear much about is how sketchy this collection of islands can be. Though it might seem like a bit of a serene paradise, theres much more going on under the surface and the crime rate, of robberies, break-ins, and other petty crimes, is increasing.

Thats not just in general, but against tourists too. We decided to look into this and create this epic insiders guide into staying safe in Seychelles. It may be paradise, but problems exist even in paradise.

In it, youll find information from whether its safe to drive in these islands, to whether or not its safe to eat the local food, and even a few pointers for people who might think of living in Seychelles.

You may be a solo female traveller wondering if youll be safe here, or you may simply be asking the question: is the Seychelles safe for families? Whatever it is, our Seychelles safety guide has got you covered!

As a group of adventurers, enthusiasts and fearless travellers, it pains us to tell you this, but the fact is that most travel is currently not safe, and in many countries, not possible because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Nations across the world are fighting to contain the outbreak and flatten the infection curve an effort that every citizen and responsible traveller should be part of.

For the most up-to-date safety information and what you should be doing to help, please consult theWHOand your local government.

How Safe is Seychelles?(Our take)

Seychelles is an island nation thats pretty much a paradise of palm-fringed beaches. Cue visiting hordes of honeymooners, jet setting celebrities, as well as some independent travellers and East Africa backpackers.

That aint to say theres no trouble in paradise. In fact, there is. Violent crime, although not common, happens. So does petty theft (more common).

The weather, and nature in general, isnt always so great. In fact, it can be pretty dangerous: strong winds, downpours, monsoon season, riptides its all here.

Is Seychelles Safe to Visit? (The facts.)

Seychelles tourism has been on the rise since it got its international airportin the 1970s. The old P&O steamship on the way to India used to stop here, so its always been a known destination especially for those British colonials.

Tourism is by far one of the most important parts of the Seychelles economy, employing over 15% of the workforce on the islands and making up around 50% of its GDP.

Visitor numbers justkeep going up. They reached an all-time high in April 2019 with a total of 37,103 just in one month. So its safe to say that tourists arent exactly put off by any rumours of crime and, of course, the Seychelles government is looking out for tourists, too. But thats easily understood if you look at the incredible places in Seychelles its like stepping into paradise!

With one of the highest discrepancies between rich and poor in the world, its expected crime takes place on the islands. But nobody seems to know exact numbers; its dubious as to how trustworthy the official numbers would be, anyway.

Robberies and break-ins do happen, however.Opportunist theftoccurs and is usually non-violent. Basically, its safe to visit Seychelles as long as you dont create those opportunities for petty crime in the first place.

Is it Safe to Visit Seychelles Right Now?

In recent years the Seychelles has undergone something of a change. Previously under the control of France-Albert Ren from 1977 to 2004, Seychelles is now moving in a more democratic direction.

Presidential elections take place, which is always a good thing. With democracy comes protests, mainly peaceful. This has been happening recently, calling for new presidential elections.

There has been an increase in break-ins and robberies, specifically against expats and tourists. These range from bag-snatchings and car break-ins, to muggings usually of tourists whilst walking late at night. Our verdict? Avoidable. (We have some great tips coming up for you regarding all that!)

Another interesting but pretty scary prospect is the presence of Somali pirates. Piracy has been known to take place within hundreds of miles of the island. Not greatly important but good to be aware of it if youre into your yachts or fishing.

Nature-wise now. Nasty insects, particularly mosquitoes; strong currents and unpredictable waves; the sun and getting overheated; monsoon season. Its got two monsoons, both the Southeast (May to September) and Northeast (November to March), which means practically all year round.

However, wed say theres nothing pressing at the moment thatll keep you away; its pretty much safe to visit Seychelles right now.

Do you need Travel Insurance for your trip? Even if youre only going for a few days, thats more than enough time to get smote by wrathful angels. Have fun in Seychelles, but take it from us, overseas medical care and canceled flights can be seriously expensive insurance can, therefore, be a life-saver.

Travel mishaps can and do happen and it is well worth thinking about insurance before you leave home.

We have used World Nomads for years now and I have personally made several claims. Why not get a quote from them yourself?

Do be sure to read the terms and conditions to make sure that the policy covers your needs.

Getting an estimate from World Nomads is simple just click the button or image below, fill out the necessary info, and youre on your way!

If you want to shop around a little, then read up on competing companies and what they can offer. There are lots of insurances out there, so dont feel limited.

Seychelles is all about its beaches and clear waters a sun, sea and sand getaway if there ever was one. That said, its not a theme park there are things to look out for here. With the rise in petty crime against tourists, you really dont want to be an unsuspecting tourist here. Weve compiled a few tips to help you travel smart on your trip to Seychelles.

So there you have it. Not only are there humans to be aware of in Seychelles,but mother nature, too! Its not exactly a warzone or an inhospitable place though its more that you need to be aware of the risks and avoid them. The sort of crime thats likely to take place on Seychelles is easily avoidable if you travel smart, and only you will put yourself into trouble with the sea or hike-able terrain here!

Keeping your money safe in Seychelles

Probably one of the most common annoyances that could happen to pretty much any independent traveller or backpacker, as theyre travelling the world, is losing money. It can honestly cut a trip short.

In Seychelles, theres a little bit of worry about being robbed or having stuff stolen. But we know a simple trick to make sure youve always got a little bit of cash to fall back on whatever happens. And thats a money belt.

Money belts are a very simple, very effective way to keep your money safe wherever you are in the world. You stop stuff getting stolen from you if youve got nothing to steal!

Theres a ton of choice, of course, but our favourite, hands-down, has got to be the Active Roots Security Belt.

We definitely recommend this one. Its super simple for one thing, which we absolutely love, and on top of it, it looks like a belt, with a zip pocket for your cash. There arent loads of pockets to contend with, uncomfortable strap systems, places where the compartments are going to show up under your shirt really obviously. You can read our in-depth review here.

Stash some cash and be thankful for it if the worst happens!

If you need a little more room for your passport and other travel valuables, have a look at afull-size money beltthat tucks under your clothes instead.

If neither of those options appeals to your refined fashion sense, dont compromise! Opt for aninfinity scarfwith a hidden zipper pocket.

Youre thinking of going to Seychelles alone? Thats great, solo travel is awesome. Its a great way to challenge yourself and actually better yourself as a person. Not only that but its a great excuse to be selfish and do what you want exactly when you want.

However, its not always awesome. It can get boring being by yourself, you can start to feel isolated and get more than a little bit out of touch with reality. Not to worry, though. To keep you safe and sound, whilst having a great time, here are our best tips for solo travellers.

When it comes to solo travel in Seychelles, the most important thing like travelling alone anywhere in the world is to not put yourself in danger. With no one else to look out for you, therell be no one to tell you if what youre about to do seems like a bad idea. Plus youll be more of a target by yourself in some areas. So keep our tips in mind, take it easy, and use your common sense!

Be prepared for what life throws at you on the road. Pick up an AMK Travel Medical Kit before you head out on your next adventure.

Is Seychelles safe for solo female travellers?

You might think Seychelles is going to be super expensive, and mainly for couples, not backpackers or solo travellers. But that doesnt have to be the case. In fact, were going to say Seychelles and its paradise beaches are perfectly safe for you solo female travellers.

You dont need a boyfriend or a partner. You just need yourself and some common sense. Of course, the island as weve said already isnt always the paradise youd like it to be, so here are some tips to help solo female travellers make their Seychelles trip go smoothly.

Dont lose your money to a pickpocket!

There are tons of ways to store valuables and goods while traveling but a travel scarf has to be the least obtrusive and the most classy.

TheActive Roots Zipper Scarfis your run-of-the-mill infinity scarf but with a hidden pocket thats big and sturdy enough for a nights cash, your phone, a passport and (hell with it) some snacks too!

Yes, Seychelles is a very beautiful place, but it canbe a little bit dangerous too. So make sure to keep our tips for solo female travellers in mind when you make your way to this part of the world. Most of the time, its going to be aboutnot jeopardising your own safety.

As opposed to males, females might find themselves having a more comfortable and less anxious time at a resort or some other accommodation where other people are staying. This isnt the sort of place where isolation is nice, or even safe, so theres that to consider.

We recommend getting in touch with some like-minded female travellers. Things like Facebook group Girls LOVE Travelare great places to meet other ladies who may even be in Seychelles the same time as you, or who can offer their own advice. Were all for it.

Is Seychelles safe to travel for families?

Of course, Seychelles is safe for families! You and your children are going to have an awesome time in this island paradise. Youre honestly in for a family dream holiday.

Though you may think of Seychelles as an adults-only place with exclusive resorts and couples everywhere, and to some extent it is, there are plenty of family-friendly places to stay on the island.

Most of the time, youre going to be absolutely safe. Chances are youll be staying in a resort, which is the safest thing you could do. The only thing we would say is to keep your doors and windows locked just in case. Once again, better to be safe than sorry.

Most hotels offer babysitting services and kids clubs. Theres even stuff thats going to keep teenagers (just about) entertained.

Finding food and products for babies, like nappies and medication, can be tricky outside the capital ofVictoria, so pack enough supplies.

Probably the most unsafe thing about Seychelles, for a family visit anyway, is its beaches, notably the currents. These can be seriously strong and even confident swimmers will struggle, meaning they are extra dangerous for children. Keep an eye on your little ones at all times as lifeguards arent exactly par for the course in Seychelles.

However, the best thing about the beaches is that the water is often shallow till far out, which makes it perfect for a paddle.

The sun and the heat can get to children and they can feel the effects worse than adults sometimes. So sunhats at the ready, plenty of sunscreens, drinking water, and make sure theyre in the shade when the suns at its hottest. Daytime temperatures are around 30 degrees C, pretty much all year round. The shade isnt common on the beaches in Seychelles. Getting shade under a coconut tree can be super dangerous, however, as coconuts can literally fall without warning and those things are deadly.

Also, mosquitoes can carry the chikungunya virus. Cover your children up at dusk from these nasty critters, use repellent with DEET in it, and burn coils in your room.

Other than that, youll be completely fine in Seychelles. Its been a resort destination for couples and families for a long time now!

Is it safe to drive in Seychelles?

Driving in Seychelles is actually a very convenient way to get around. Its only available on the island of MahandPraslin, however.

Surprisingly, a lot of people choose to rent a car when theyre in Seychelles to get around. Its not like driving in a busy city and its fairly safe.However, there is obviously something to watch out for since it wont be the normal sort of driving that youre used to.

Speed limits are low (in general, 25 to 40mph) and theres not a lot of traffic, so theres not a lot to stress you out.

However, on Mahthe roads can be quite mountainous, narrow and winding, with hairpin bends not all of them with safety barriers either. Take care of these sorts of roads and go slow.

There is one big ring road that runs aroundMah,which is pretty good for practising; near Victoria, theres a dual-carriageway to get to grips with.

OnPraslin, the roads are sealed for the most part and often easier to drive than their counterparts on the mountainous Mah.There is one good mountain road on Praslin,which is pretty straightforward to drive on.

When it comes to actual car hire do know that a lot of the cars on offer arent in great shape, so make sure you arm yourself with solid rental car insurance. Even so, you should be booking way ahead of time since a lot of people will want to hire them.

Theres one big hazard: drink-driving locals. If someone is driving erratically and veering all over the road, or going too slow even, give them space and keep well away.

Locals will probably overtake you, so will buses. Stay calm and in control and let them do their thing, and dont do like them.

Its probably not worth driving after dark, so make sure you plan well enough so that youre back at your accommodation before the sun starts going down. And keep an eye on the weather, too: it can make some roadspretty scary.

When it does come to parking, dont leave any valuables on display, take everything out. Anything, even a map, will show potential thieves this is a tourists car and tourists will probably have something else to steal in there.

That said, driving in Seychelles is pretty safe and tonsof people do it. You wont be able to get to half the amazing beaches on the island without your own wheels. So if youre up for an adventure, theres a whole lot of amazing coastline to explore in Seychelles.

Is Uber safe in Seychelles?

There isnt any Uber in Seychelles.

Youll have to rely on local taxis, which are a whole other story

Sleep safe! Choose yourhotel,hostelorAirbnbahead of time so youre not last-minute booking a less-secure place.

Read ourNeighborhood Guidefor our favorite accommodations in Seychelles by area.

Are taxis safe in Seychelles?

Taxis are another option for exploring the islands aside from self-driving especially if you dont drive, or youre not keen on driving.

There isnt one official taxi company in Seychelles. Its more of a collection of independent drivers and a few companies that are more geared towards tours.

Taxis, however, are available only on the islands of Mah, PraslinandLa Digue.

Theyre generally convenient and taxi drivers are generally friendly, and most likely will be up for a chat. Theyll probably be able to give you a bit of knowledge about the islands as they drive you around if you ask, that is.

When it comes to hailing taxis, youll most likely be able to do this only around Victoria so if you stumble across a driver you like, take note of their phone number or take a business card. You might be able to use them at a later date for a tour or general transport.

The taxis themselves (we mean the cars) are of a fairly good standard. However, if youre not happy about the state of the vehicle youre about to hop into, its ok to refuse and wait for another taxi to come along. Alternatively, you can have your accommodation call you a reputable tourist taxi with good reviews;no doubt they will have one to recommend you should use.

Taxis in Seychelles dont usually have meters. Youll have to agree on a fare before you set off on a journey. Its typically around 19 SCR (Seychellois rupees) for the first kilometre, then 6 SCR for each subsequent kilometre.

To sum up, taxis are generally safe in Seychelles. Theyre free from hassle and awkward negotiations for the most part. If you do have to haggle, make sure you read our guide on how to haggle like a pro!

Is public transportation in Seychelles safe?

Public transport in Seychelles isnt non-existent, though its also not very comprehensive, either.

Buses are the main mode of public transport and theyre pretty affordable. They also dont run much longer after dark, either.

On Mah,theres a relatively extensive bus service. You can see where the bus is going because the destination is marked on the front of the bus.

Bus stops are easy to spot because they have a) signs and b) shelters and are c) marked on the road surface, too.

If you go to the capital ofVictoriatheres abus terminuswhere you can pick up a timetable for bus routes around the island, which is a handy thing to have take it from us.

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